Outdoor August wedding…with no AC ?

posted 2 years ago in Venue
Post # 2
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578 posts
Busy bee

I like to think I’m a pretty laid back wedding guest… that being said I would not enjoy a tent wedding outside in the summer. Would I still attend if I was invited? Yeah probably but my makeup would melt off my face, my husband would have huge pit stains… it wouldn’t be a good time. 

You said you aren’t willing to reconsider location and you aren’t going to pay for the AC though so it is what it is I guess 🤷🏼‍♀️

Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

No thank you.

But I’m in Texas so a summer tent wedding sounds like torture to me. But truthfully I don’t understand the point of your post. You won’t change the venue, time of year or get air conditioner so are you just wanting us to tell you it will be fine? I don’t think it will be, to be honest. I think your guests won’t appreciate it either.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

Since you have already stated that you won’t reconsider the venue or time of year, why are you asking if guests would feel uncomfortable under these conditions?

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My BFF got married in New England in July and it was 104 that day. It was the hottest day of the summer. No AC at all. It was absolutely miserable. People left supper early because it was too hot to breathe, let alone dance or drink. It’s been almost 10 years since her wedding and it is still the ONLY thing that anyone talks about related to her wedding. So think aout that – no party, people miserable and leaving early, and the only memory of the day is HOT. 

But you sound like you aren’t changing your mind no matter what we say. It’s a BAD idea. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

“Would it be terrible?”  YES!  It is going to be terrible.

I would move the wedding indoors or move it forward into late September. Do you really want your guests to be literally miserable at what is supposed to be one of the best days of your life? Not to mention, this could truly be a health hazard for any elderly, small children, people with health conditions. You gotta be smart here. This is just a bad bad idea. 

Post # 9
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578 posts
Busy bee

lindzrae :  there really aren’t creative solutions lol. Cold water isn’t a solution as you should be offering guests water regardless of the temperature. You can’t magically cool a tent outdoors without paying for the AC. Sure you can get fans… to blow the hot air around. You’re right that not ALL your guests will leave early, but a large majority probably will.  

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

lindzrae :  I live in the Caribbean. It goes from warm and humid in the “Fall” and “Winter”, to hot and humid during the “Spring” and “Summer”. We are used to hot and humid, believe me. In spite of that, no one here would hold a wedding under the conditions you’ve described, during the summer.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

lindzrae :  well, either shorten the guest list so everyone can fit in the house, or find a different venue with AC. My question wasn’t rhetorical, it was serious. Do you want your guests to be miserable at your wedding and possibly exposed to health risks? If not, you need to change your plan somehow. Be smart. 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee

I saw you post this elsewhere and you got the same responses.  There is no magic solution here.  I’m not trying to be snarky, but there just isnt’.

You are right, not everyone hates the heat.  But those that love it and are out enjoying it are wearing shorts and tee shirts, not suites and dresses and heels.

It is unfortunate that your FH can only get time off in August and I get that.  But if you plan an outdoor event in August with no AC it doesn’t matter how deeply rooted the family tradition of getting married there is, it is just poor logistics.

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